Music History for Monday, 7/8/19
2015 – Ariana Grande apologized after a TMZ video showed her at a California doughnut shop apparently licking doughnuts and saying, "What...is that? I hate Americans. I hate America."
2009 - Crimson Glory’s John Patrick “Midnight” McDonald died of a stomach aneurysm at age 47.
2007 - Prince was forced off the stage by police at the First Avenue nightclub in his hometown of Minneapolis because the club was allowed to stay open until 3 a.m. and he had started his set at 2:45.
2005 - A funeral was held for Luther Vandross in a Harlem church. Usher, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder were among those in attendance.
2004 - Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was given three years’ probation in Los Angeles for a DUI.
2003 - Capitol released Trace Adkins' Greatest Hits Collection, Volume I.
2002 - Michael Jackson attacked the music world, accusing record companies of conspiring to defraud black artists. He railed against his own label, calling Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola a racist.
2001 - Alicia Keys had the number one album in the country with Songs in A Minor.
2000 - Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" spent the first of five weeks at #1 on the Billboard country chart.
2000 - Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers fell 10 feet off the stage and landed into the photographers' pit while the band performed in Mannheim, Germany.
1998 - The estate of Roy Orbison sued Sony Music for 12 million dollars for unpaid royalties.
1995 - TLC began a seven-week run at the top of the singles chart with “Waterfalls.”
1986 - The number one song was "Holding Back the Years" by Simply Red.
1976 - One-hit-wonders The Starland Vocal Band had the number one single with "Afternoon Delight."
1972 - Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” hit the top of the pop singles chart for the first time. Club Nouveau’s remake took it back to the top in 1987.
1972 - Barbara Mandrell joined the Grand Ole Opry three weeks earlier than scheduled, after one of her concerts was cancelled.
1970 - The Everly Brothers Show was launched as a summer series on ABC.
1961 - The number one single was "Tossin' and Turnin'" by Bobby Lewis.
1958 - The first gold record album was presented by the Recording Industry Association of America. The award went to the soundtrack to Oklahoma!
1956 - "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets was the number one single. It was the theme song to the film Blackboard Jungle, starring Glenn Ford and Vic Morrow.